Professional Cooking

Professional Cooking

Program Overview

Are you a high school graduate, looking for a new career or a lifelong learner? Do you love to cook? Do you thrive in high-energy environments? Then check out Saskatchewan Polytechnic’s Professional Cooking program. Professional Cooking is Saskatchewan’s most recognized culinary training program and is quickly becoming a nationally and internationally recognized credential—it’s your fast track to a career.

Program participants gain fundamental skills in food preparation, cooking, time management, critical thinking and develop the confidence to advance their career in the world of food. Our graduates are working as cooks, kitchen managers, banquet chefs, sous chefs and chefs … in Saskatchewan, around the province, across Canada, on cruise ships, in vacation resorts and at upscale fishing lodges.

Professional Cooking is a one-year (35 week) certificate program offered at Saskatchewan Polytechnic Moose Jaw campus and Saskatchewan Polytechnic Prince Albert campus. We’ll give you the kind of hands-on training you need to work as part of a culinary team. Our low student-to-instructor ratio means lots of one-on-one time with your instructors—all Red Seal certified cooks and many Certified Chefs de Cuisine. You’ll build knowledge and practical skills in:

  • basic cooking principles
  • baking
  • food presentation
  • kitchen management
  • meat, seafood and poultry preparation
  • quantity food production
  • short-order food production
  • safety, sanitation and WHMIS

Our Kitchen is Your Classroom

Approximately 70% of your “class” time is hands-on training in Saskatchewan Polytechnic’s well-equipped kitchens. You’ll also get hands-on experience preparing foods for the campus cafeteria.

Apprenticeship Credit

With this Saskatchewan Polytechnic credential, you may be eligible for credit towards apprenticeship training. To learn more, contact the Saskatchewan Apprenticeship and Trade Certification Commission (SATCC).

Career and Salary Information

Your Career

When you graduate, you’ll find employment opportunities in major hotels, restaurants, cruise ship companies, vacation destination resorts and catering facilities. There are jobs in institutional food service establishments, such as hospitals and care homes, and also in the growing retirement community market.

Potential Careers

Sample Job TitleNOC Classification1Earning Potential2
ChefChefs (6321)$27,100 - $50,200
CookCooks (6322)$23,600 - $41,600
Kitchen HelperFood Counter Attendants, Kitchen Helpers and Related Support Occupations (6711)$23,600 - $40,000

Length and Start Date

Start Date(s): Varies
  • September - Moose Jaw
  • September - Prince Albert

Length: 35 weeks

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  • Moose Jaw
  • Prince Albert


Admission Requirements

Special Admission

Applicants who do not possess the academic qualifications for a program may be admitted if evidence of probable success can be established through a special admission assessment. Interested individuals should still apply. Applicants are automatically considered for special admission. However, some specific admission requirements may still need to be met. Refer to the ACCUPLACER© cut scores for this program below, and review additional details concerning Special Admission.


  • 55 Arithmetic
  • 55 Reading

Admission Method

First Qualified/First Admitted

The First Qualified/First Admitted (FQFA) process is used for the majority of Saskatchewan Polytechnic programs. When we determine that you meet the program's admission requirements, you will be offered admission based on the date you fully qualify for the program. The earlier you provide the appropriate documents and information that qualify you for admission to the next intake, the earlier you might begin your studies. Your application, once qualified, is always considered for the next intake. 

Applicants to programs with multiple intakes in an academic year remain in the application pool until the last intake for that academic year has begun. Programs using the FQFA process receive applications year round and maintain an application pool for each academic year. Qualified applicants who are not offered a seat must reapply for the next academic year. 

Sponsored programs or programs targeted to specific groups do not accept applications year round or maintain an application pool.

See Admission Processes for more information about this method of admission.

Tuition and Fees

Estimates are based on current rates and are subject to change. Amounts for a program may vary by campus. Totals shown here include all mandatory fees as well as approximate cost for books and supplies. Visit the Tuition and Fees web page for a complete breakdown of tuition and fees for this program.


2020/21 Academic Year


International Students

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Get Credit for What You Know

Prior Learning Assessment and Recognition

Saskatchewan Polytechnic recognizes that adults learn in many different ways. This includes acquiring knowledge and skills through life and work experience or non-formal training.  See links below to more information about PLAR and detailed PLAR candidate guides for courses in this program.

Transfer Credit

Many Sask Polytech students benefit from transferring course credit. You may be eligible to transfer credit to Sask Polytech or to another college or university.

Additional Information

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